Our expert says:
Yup, these are Benzodiazepines, which is why we call them benzos. And they have been shown in significant numbers of people, to produce dependency problems and difficulty in coming off them, if they are used continuously for over 2 months or thereabouts.
Personally, I dont like using routine, daily, benzo's to treat panic attack, as its been shown that SSRI and related antidepressants reduce the attacks more effectively, though a benzo can be used to help relieve the symptoms in an acute attack, and some are even usefully absorbed if one places a broken tab under the tongue.
You could try the over the counter (OTC ) remedies, but I haven't seen good evidence of them being particularly effective ; and remember they are also likely to be sedating like benzos, so be careful about driving, etc.
Obviously you'll want to discuss the sleeping problems more with your psychiatrist when you see him. If a small dose of something like Zolnox doesnt work for you, better increase the dose of that Zolnox ( which you had been cutting down on ) ; there's no benefit to be gained by taking as you describe three different sedative drugs. That's like putting sugar and saccharine and honey in your tea or coffee !
And newer sleeping meds like Silnox are designed to be FAR less likely to cause any dependency problems than the Xanor, and to wear off before morning, rather than leaving you dopey after you wake. SO there's no great advantage in adding the xanor.
You may actually need less sleep than you are assuming, so if you're not getting to sleep promptly, don't panic or worry. Just get up and read a book, or do something similarly unexciting, and go back to bed when you feel drowsy. Similarly, it can be more effective to take the sleep med an hour or so before you plan to go to bed, and again, go to bed when you feel sleepy.
NOTHING available over the counter is "natural", that's merely a dishonest advertising gimmick. They are often not safer and never more effective than presciption meds used properly.
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